• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just lost my third apple Airport in 6 years

    They look nice, work OK indoors, but not outdoors (> 10 m away from the house). But the reliability is terrible. The latest AE lasted only 18 months, even shorter than the previous models. With the previous flat models I saved the disk drives and got them fitted in a new enclosure with power supply, which cost me $ 75/pce. The drives still work! But the Apple bit is very disappointing. This is the last AE I will buy. I am getting generally tired of Apple gear, as my iPhone 6S has battery problems. Does Apple have a manufacturing quality problem?

    14 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Best Router on The Market!

    I know that routers aren't the most profitable area in the Apple's product lineup, but they are one of those small elements that keep the ecosystem intact.


    This is my 4th router from Apple:
    - A1034
    - A1354
    - A1264
    - A1521

    and I wish that, in a year or two, there will be a new Router from Apple for me to buy

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    3 TB version. 3 years of flawless daily use

    Used as one of my three Time Machine backups and to house many videos as a router, which is only UAB 2.0 in my model has performed flawlessly for the three years that I've owned it. I/m backup nut so I also have a six TB Synology 2 bay server and a 2 or 3TB (I don't remember, WD My Book for Mac and Time Machine backs up to all of them. I honestly don't understand the negative reviews about this product. We have a fairly large house and did by an range extender but it was no problem. In three years, the router has never malfunctioned. I don't know what more one could ask for or expect.

    IMHO you may buy this product with the utmost of confidence.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So FAST!!!

    my old medialink was newer than the AirPort Extreme when I bought it. I finally started the transition to all apple about a year ago and the router is one of the last pieces to get swapped out. I had no idea how much faster, more stable and reliable a router could be! Using the same cable modem and ISP, my AirPort Extreme is 4 times faster than my medialink was. If I would have just spent the money then, I would have had a router that is still state of the art 2 years later instead of owning this medialink paperweight. Penny Wise Pound Foolish - spend the money now and own a router that'll hold up over time!!

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very user friendly and reliable

    I've had my unit for well over 2 years now, and it's worked very good. The signal is strong, we have our 2 DVR's, desktops, security camera, thermostat and so on connected, in other words, the unit is under constant 'strain' and the performance has held up well. We had one minor issue where our devices couldn't connect to it, so we took it the apple store and they performed a master reset, and the problem went away!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    solid

    I have 2 of these operating now, and one older airport extreme, at 3 different locations. I have had to restart the older of the two later model airport extremes a couple of times, which was not a problem. I have had 3 of these in the past, which I updated for speed and range because they got old. They still work. One is an ancient plastic knob that I re-used as an extender for awhile in a less security- minded time. I've used other routers as well, which were also good and much less expensive, but I use these because they are reliable and simple, and performance is good with all my apple stuff. I am about to update the one older airport extreme (about 7 or 8 years old), which is in Asia on static IP, because I'm recently experiencing slowing internet and suspect it may be afflicted with the memory exploit that has recently been pointed out on older Broadcom wi-fi appliances. I got a performance upgrade when I installed the new firmware on that router, but it slowed down again, possibly due to the IP being static, and I don't feel like restarting it often to reset the memory. It still works fine, though. Performance also may be improving with the security updates apple has been rolling out in the last couple of weeks.

    I'm not a huge fan of apple the Company, except for my 2013 mac pro and genius bar friends. I use its products because they are strong and are easier to protect from worms and viruses, in my opinion. I use them because I am lazy and not super smart. So far, the airport extremes have lived up to my perception of reliability and strength (and expense). I saw some critical ratings, so I thought I'd post about my experience in case someone is worried about it. Maybe some bad components slipped through QA, but that isn't something I've seen yet. My one criticism is that these routers are a little too simple, and do not provide the cool admin options for network security and extension that are standard on less expensive routers, if you want to tweek things.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy and Reliable

    I just looked and I bought mine in January of 2014 and it has been working almost flawlessly since.
    I add the "almost" because on four or five occasions in the last 3 years it had to be reset, this could be due to my ISP also.
    This has been a very reliable wireless router. It provides a strong single throughout my 1200 sq ft condo.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use right out of the box!

    The AirPort Extreme practically set itself up after I connected it to my Verizon FIOS router/modem and opened the airport setup using my iPhone. Since then whenever I move it sets up the network on its own. Amazing. Also it's probably the best range and speed I've ever had from a router.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Peace of mind

    Ten years ago I was used to battling with routers. Dropped connections, flaky Wifi that disappears the moment your more than a step away, constant logging into 192.168.0.1 to reconfigure and reset those darn things. Enter AirPort Extreme. Bought one in 2009 or 2010, TimeCapsule actually, and it's been running ever since. Never dropped a connection, consistent Wifi performance. So solid I forgot how to log into it to change settings once day. Recently I thought it's time to upgrade. Mesh networks, etc. Netgear dropped connections, and displayed passwords in plain text in setup screen (really?), Linksys wouldn't even connect the Wifi satellites, and iOS app kept locking up. Brought it all back and got a latest Airport Extreme. Back to peace of mind. Sold as ever. AC wifi performance consistent and nearly as good as Netgear mesh network throughout my house. Apple, you're doing a thing or two differently than the other router manufacturers. Keep at it, and don't abandon this market!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so excellent

    I spent a lot of time researching new systems (Orbi, Amplify, Eero, etc.) to upgrade my home wifi. And spent some time talking to Apple by phone and at the store. Finally pulled the trigger on an Extreme and two Expresses, and so far the system is working flawlessly. Setup was as easy as advertised. Took me two minutes to set up each device using my iPhone. A firmware update occurred without affecting the system. So far I have excellent wifi reception throughout the house and on the back patio - even next door to the in-laws house. Better than what I had with the Verizon router and a 2G/5G wifi extender. And only one network name instead of three. I've moved both Expresses twice to optimize coverage, and within 90 seconds each was back up and running. Moved the Apple products over to the new wifi first, and setup was a snap. Have also migrated Nest products with no problem. We'll have to wait and see if I run into problems after 12-18 months as some reviewers have experienced. So far I couldn't be more happy.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    not recommand

    having a compatibility issue with my modem. have been searching for the solution almost a month,
    ISP can't help because it's 3rd router. apple doesn't care...
    I am giving up now. I just wasted my $200 for a nice garbage

    21 of 45 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I can't access the disk attached to my new airport extreme from windows 10.

    This may be a windows 10 compatibility issue but I thought the Ethernet protocols used were standard.
    Anyway I need to buy a new router.
    The help is helpless.

    20 of 44 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great when it's running and you can connect to it

    Basically, I have to reset it constantly. For some reason my mac decides it can not connect to it anymore. Only way to fix is is reset the whole thing and reconfigure. This really stinks. Not a great product IMO.

    11 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Yea Not Impressed

    Speed is very good, but I have a very solid plan with my provider. I bought this because while sitting on the front or back porch of my 2k sq ft home I was having difficulty connecting, it was spotty at best. No improvement at all with this device. Works great inside the house, not well outside. I was expecting so much more from Apple.

    10 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    HORRIBLE Router

    Every day when I come home there is a new problem I have to fix.

    18 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Will not stay connected

    Piece of junk. Don't waste your money.

    18 of 109 people found this useful